By Charlie Chitwood
The change of athletic seasons at Jefferson High is commonly akin to typically-unpredictable changes in the weather.
Whiteboro’s Bearcats played the role of a blue norther and sent Jefferson inside for basketball season with a 64-39 thumping in Emory, ending the Bulldogs’ high-scoring season at 10-2 and as an Area Finalist. It’s the second season in a row for Antwain Jimmerson’s squad to make the post-season and earn at least a Bi-District Championship.
Whitesboro’s likely advantage in the trenches was a known quantity going in, but it’s safe to say that the Bearcats’ team speed was a surprise. Faster than OUR guys? Ruh-roh.
Still, it was the sudden halt to another fun season of Jefferson football. We watched the highest-scoring team of all time average 47.6 points per game en route to 571 points scored. On most nights the Dawgs were able to do it on the ground and through the air and defensively, they were the match for all but two opponents.
Jefferson’s cupboard is hardly empty after this season – the Bulldogs bring back nearly ever feature of their high-octane offense and hope to get a little bigger, a little stronger and a little faster. Antwain Jimmerson said afterward that the secret to Whitesboro’s success was really born on the track – even the Bearcat baseball players are running,jumping and throwing…